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3 reasons to visit Formentera in the Balearic Islands of Spain

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Formentera is Mallorca and Ibiza’s little sister and is the smallest of the Balearic Islands of Spain. Set out in the Mediterranean Sea, Formentera can easily be reached by ferry. The island is less crowded and quieter than Ibiza and is often used as a day-trip destination, due to its beautiful clear waters and stretches of clean, sandy beach, backed by pine trees and dunes. Formentera is ideal for those wishing for a quieter holiday without too many crowds.Formentera in the Balearic Islands of Spain
If staying longer than a day trip, the island has a choice of excellent hotels and there are a number of luxurious Formentera villas to choose from, as well as great restaurants serving local specialities and international cuisine. Once settled in, the following are some great locations to explore on Formentera.

1. Far de la Mola Lighthouse

The Far de la Mola lighthouse is close to the village of El Pilar de la Mola. Built in the 1880s, the lighthouse is a viewpoint offering spectacular views over the island and the Mediterranean Sea. It is wonderfully quiet up there and you are likely to spot peregrine falcons swooping over the cliffs where their nests are housed. On a clear day, you can see the island of Mallorca on the horizon.
 
Faro de la Mola, Formentera
Photo by shaorang/Wikimedia Commons

A fascinating aspect about the lighthouse is a monument which states that Far de la Mola had inspired Jules Verne to write his science fiction novel “Off on a Comet” or “Hector Servadac”  in 1877. The lighthouse is still working and is a guide to ships passing to the south of the Balearic Islands.

2. Ca Na Costa – Megalithic ruins

History lovers will appreciate these ruins, as Ca Na Costa is a funeral monument for people living back in the early Bronze Age, somewhere between 2000-1600 BC. The site is located in the north of Formentera, between Es Pujols and Estany Pudent. 
Ca Na Costa megalithic ruins, Formentera - Public Domain image
The ruins were found in 1974 and made a major contribution to the history of the island, as up until then historians believed the oldest human settlements were from the Punic era. Excavations of the site revealed the remains of several people, along with lithic and ceramic artefacts used by them.

3. Calo Des Mort beach

Even though Formentera is not as popular with tourists as the other Balearic Islands, the beaches of the island can get crowded during the summer months. We’ve got that covered! If looking for peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and clear waters, look no further than Calo Des Mort.
Calo Des Mort beach, Formentera
The beach is close to the village of Maryland, between Es Ram and Platja des Migjorn. Calo des Mort offers one of the best views on the island. The cove is appropriately in a shape of a smile and has crystal clear waters and dry docks for some small boats. Pack up a picnic and head to the beach for some pure relaxation. However, do bear in mind there is no lifeguard service at Calo des Mort, so don’t take any unnecessary risks.

Enjoy your visit to the quiet island of Formentera this year!
 
 

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